Joyful Orthodoxy – The Bible, IDOP, and Veteran’s Day

CVCC’s statement of faith says the following:

We believe the Bible is God’s Infallible Word, without error in the original manuscripts, communicated by the Holy Spirit and faithfully recorded by chosen men. It is the only sufficient and supreme authority in all matters of Christian faith, teaching and living; given to the world that God may be known and glorified.

Sunday, November 9th, is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. November 11th, as usual is Veteran’s Day. What do these two days have to do with the Bible? Everything. Let me try to explain by taking you to the second book of Chronicles. We’ll pick up the story of the divided Kingdom of Israel in verse 1 of chapter 22:

And the inhabitants of Jerusalem made Ahaziah, his youngest son, king in his place, for the band of men that came with the Arabians to the camp had killed all the older sons. So Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah reigned. Ahaziah was twenty-two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Athaliah, the granddaughter of Omri. He also walked in the ways of the house of Ahab, for his mother was his counselor in doing wickedly. He did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, as the house of Ahab had done. For after the death of his father they were his counselors, to his undoing. He even followed their counsel and went with Jehoram the son of Ahab king of Israel to make war against Hazael king of Syria at Ramoth-gilead. And the Syrians wounded Joram, and he returned to be healed in Jezreel of the wounds that he had received at Ramah, when he fought against Hazael king of Syria. And Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah went down to see Joram the son of Ahab in Jezreel, because he was wounded. But it was ordained by God that the downfall of Ahaziah should come about through his going to visit Joram. For when he came there, he went out with Jehoram to meet Jehu the son of Nimshi, whom the Lord had anointed to destroy the house of Ahab. And when Jehu was executing judgment on the house of Ahab, he met the princes of Judah and the sons of Ahaziah’s brothers, who attended Ahaziah, and he killed them. He searched for Ahaziah, and he was captured while hiding in Samaria, and he was brought to Jehu and put to death. They buried him, for they said, “He is the grandson of Jehoshaphat, who sought the Lord with all his heart.” And the house of Ahaziah had no one able to rule the kingdom.

Ahab was a wicked King. He was the one who chases down the prophet Elijah. God had purposed to carry out judgment on the house of Ahab. Ahaziah, following the advise of his sinful mother, aligned himself with the son of Ahab in battle against the nation Syria. (stay with me, I am getting to the point) The Bible, as stated in our CVCC statement of faith is “God’s infallible (absolutly trustworthy*) Word, without error (perfect) in the original manuscripts, communicated (impartation of knowledge*) by the Holy Spirit (God)”. If we as a body of Christ hold to these truths of the Bible, we see in this story of the nation of Israel, that God ordains the “downfall” of a King, by “anointig” (choose by divine intervention*) Jehu to kill Ahaziah in battle. This is one means by which God perserves the linage of Christ from David, to fullfil prophecy. My point is this: God is soveriegn over all nations. Nations that protect freedom, nations that prevent freedom, nations that protect christians, and nations that kill christians. God also is involed in the means by which these nations carry out His ordained purpose. That is what our infallible and perfect Bible says.

I believe one reason our nation is free -through the means of unbelievable sacrifice and service of our military- is to spread the Word of God throughout the world, so that God would be known and glorified. I challenge you when you think of Veterans Day, when you rightly honor men and women for their service to this country, that you think of how our great God ordains the rising and falling of nations and leaders to accomplish His purpose of being known and glorified. And God’s purposes are revealed through his Word.

In Christ, Paul

* expanded definitions taken from http://www.dictionary.com

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